guessed that the final director to be named in the four-stamp Great Film Directors series would be William Wyler, but as it turned out, Tom of Motion Picture Gems guessed correctly in a comment last week: the final honoree is Billy Wilder!
The announcement was made today. Visit Beyond the Perf for additional details on the Wilder stamp, which includes an image paying tribute to SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959).
Billy Wilder is, of course, an excellent choice, as he directed films including THE LOST WEEKEND (1945), SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950), STALAG 17 (1953), SABRINA (1954), WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1957), and THE APARTMENT (1960), to name just a handful. He also wrote many other classic films.
I do still think Wyler's remarkable string of four-star classics makes him deserving of the honor as well: DODSWORTH (1936), WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939), THE LETTER (1940), MRS. MINIVER (1942), THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946), THE HEIRESS (1949), ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953), THE BIG COUNTRY (1958), and BEN-HUR (1959) are just some of Wyler's outstanding films.
The release date for the Great Film Directors series has not yet been announced.
Previously: Great Film Directors Stamps: Capra, Huston; John Ford Honored With Stamp.